“Once Saved Always Saved” versus Galatians 5:4

Many religionists say it is impossible for a Christian to “fall from grace” (lose his salvation). That is strange considering the fact there is a Bible verse that uses that exact terminology teaching it is possible.

Galatians 5:4 reads “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

First, this verse has to be talking about Christians:

  • you can’t fall from a tree (grace) that you weren’t in to start with
  • the verse is written “unto the churches of Galatia” (1:2), “brethren” (1:11, 3:15, 4:12, 31, 5:11, 13, 6:1, 18), “children of God” (3:26), adopted “sons” of God who had received the Holy Spirit (4:5-6)

Second, “fallen from grace” in Galatians 5:4 refers to losing our personal salvation. Galatians 5:2 reads “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.” You can’t be saved spiritually if Christ profits you nothing, can you? No, the only way you can be saved is if the death of Christ profits you.

Conclusion: Christians who seek to be justified by the Old Testament law are fallen from grace. That shows it is very possible. And that’s why the Bible warns us many times to guard against it.


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